The Research Administrative Services (RAS) office (1271 Scott Hall) will be closed on December 24, 2018 through January 1, 2019; returning on January 2, 2019. Many agencies have similar closures, so check with your program officers if you have progress reports due or other submissions that may require input. Remember that electronic submission procedures mean that materials are automatically time-stamped, whether there is personnel in the office or not! Most agencies follow the NIH policy: when a postmark/submission date falls on a weekend or Federal holiday, the application deadline is automatically extended to the next business day. If your award cycle has your progress report deadline set for January 1, for instance, you can wait to submit on January 2 as January 1 is recognized as a Federal holiday. But if your date is December 30, that deadline is hard and fast; even if there are no staffers in an agency office, that report will need to be in on December 30.
As long as you keep holiday schedules in mind when planning your resources and time commitments, December shouldn’t cramp your submission style. Be sure to check agency post-holiday deadlines so you can plan accordingly. NIH lists their standard due dates here, and the collection curated by the SOM Development Office (linked on our Current Research Opportunities page) also provides deadlines. We’re here if you have any questions (RAS@med.wayne.edu)!